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    Library services

    The collection can be searched online, and many items are available for borrowing.

    Searching the catalogues


    Find items online using iluplus, the search portal of the library network IDS Luzern. By adding the keyword "luvog", you can limit your search to the collection of the Swiss Ornithological Institute.

    Standard catalogue

    Catalogue of print publications in the collection of the Swiss Ornithological Institute (integrated into iluplus)


    The periodicals database lists all available journals and magazines.

    Electronic resources

    The following databases can be accessed on-site:


    Using the library

    The library of the Swiss Ornithological Institute primarily serves the Institute's employees. It is also open to volunteer collaborators, students and other interested members of the public.


    Many items in the collection can be borrowed by external users. Users may take out up to five items at a time.

    Journals, reference books, field guides and reference copies of core publications may not be taken out.

    Borrowing is free of charge. Items may be borrowed for 28 days. If there is no reservation by another user, the loan can be renewed once for a further 28 days.

    Registered users can request items that are available for borrowing to be delivered by post against payment of a fee.

    Individual journal articles can be delivered as photocopies or electronic files (PDF). A fee will be charged for larger orders.

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